In Pics: All you need to know about ‘Artifacts of the Month’ in Egypt’s various museums

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Tue, 16 Feb 2021 - 06:08 GMT

Egyptian Museum in Tahrir artifact of the month - Min. of Tourism & Antiquities

Egyptian Museum in Tahrir artifact of the month - Min. of Tourism & Antiquities

CAIRO – 16 February 2021: In a monthly tradition to shed light on an artifact chosen by the public from the collections of the Supreme Council of Antiquities' Egyptian museums, and through a poll on the museums' account on Facebook, a pair of gold bracelets from the Fatimid era were admired and chosen by the public from the Museum of Islamic Art.

The Bracelet
The Bracelet

 

The bracelets are embossed with decorations, as each bracelet is crowned with a geometric shape consisting of two opposite triangles at the base formed of braided wires.

The Medical Instrument
The Medical Instrument

 

As for the Coptic Museum, a medical instrument in the form of a flat spoon with a long handle of iron was chosen. It has a part decorated in a spiral shape and ends with a tapered part in the shape of the letter V.

Statue of Goddess Diana
Statue of Goddess Diana

 

Meanwhile, a statue of the Goddess Diana holding a torch in her left hand and supporting the tip of her right foot on a jar of water was chosen by the public from the Gayer Anderson Museum.

 

It is worth mentioning that a desk clock presented to King Farouk won the masterpiece of the month at Farouk Corner Museum in Helwan. It is a watch made of crystal, and the dial is made of gold. It is surrounded by 12 cloves of emeralds, and is decorated with slices of gold depicting an ancient Egyptian king carried on the saddle.

 

From the Alexandria National Museum, a bracelet of gold and platinum decorated with seven small carriages was chosen from the belongings of Princess Fayza Ahmed Fouad.

 

From the Royal Jewelry Museum, a pocket watch made of gold with three envelopes was chosen; in the middle of the envelope is a small half-image of Sultan Abdulaziz Khan in colored enamel clothes surrounded by a frame in the form of tree leaves decorated with white and blue enamel.

Limestone painting in Matrouh Museum
Limestone painting in Matrouh Museum

 

Furthermore, the winning piece of the month in the Matrouh Museum is a limestone painting of King Tutankhamun that depicts the king standing and disciplining two prisoners.

Statue of King Ramses II
Statue of King Ramses II

 

From the Luxor Archeology Museum, a statue of King Ramses II made of green schist stone and dating back to the 20th Dynasty was chosen. The king is represented standing on a pedestal wearing the double crown and the deity Amun wearing the crown of the two feathers.

The Ankh Sign
The Ankh Sign

 

As for the Mummification Museum in Luxor, the Ankh Sign (the symbol of life) was chosen. It is made of colored wood, dates back to the 18th Dynasty, and comes from King Amenhotep II's tomb.

Rectangular Limestone Tablet
Rectangular Limestone Tablet

 

The winning piece in the Sohag National Museum was a rectangular limestone tablet from the Middle Kingdom. It depicts its owner holding the stick in his left hand, and the scepter in his right hand, and shows people carrying offerings and various kinds of foods and drinks.

Mamluk lamp-holder made of brass
Mamluk lamp-holder made of brass

 

Additionally, the upper part of the Mamluk lamp-holder made of brass was the masterpiece of the month in Ismailia Museum, and the Prince Toqaz Tamr Ring won the masterpiece of the month in Suez Museum. The ring is made of composite blends, and consists of an eagle standing over a cup.

Goddess Bastet in Tell Basta Museum
Goddess Bastet in Tell Basta Museum

 

The Tell Basta Museum displays the winning statue of Goddess Bastet, for which a temple was built to consecrate her worship, while the winning piece from New Valley Museum is a Roman-era bronze statue of a man with Roman features, standing with his right arm raised.

 

The management of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir has chosen a distinctive artifact that expresses the meaning and concept of love in ancient times and the realistic love stories that affected ancient Egypt, on the occasion Valentine's Day.

Egyptian Museum in Tahrir statue of a man and his wife
Egyptian Museum in Tahrir statue of a man and his wife

 

The piece is one of the statues of the Old Kingdom. It deals with the concept of love in its various forms, such as the husband's love for his wife, the love of children, the love of parents, and the king's love for his people.

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